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I would like to thank everyone who came out and supported our Club for the WSBK weekend. It was a struggle to get enough workers for the weekend. We were short but made up for it with pure hustle when responding to incidents. We had 30 less workers on track compared to MotoGP. It just meant everyone had to do a little more. I really appreciate everyone chipping in and no complaints about doing it. We passed the Inspections and the WSBK Race Control staff was impressed with the professional way we do things from the Inspection Lap to the Checker Flag. Props to Javier Martinez at T-4. I think he made the biggest impression on Race Control. They couldn't believe someone was running around carrying a hay bale like that. I think they stopped on the Inspection lap the next day and let him know. The Radio's worked better then at MotoGP. It was a cheap fix, zip tie the cords to the radios. We had a few problems, but nothing like at MotoGP.
We had some people take on new jobs at WSBK. Melanie, thanks for working Race Control on such short notice. 3 new TM's. Jim Pickering, Alex Bruzzo and Steve Turner. Thank you guys for doing a great job out on your turns. No complaints, just good feedback on the jobs you did from the workers at your turns. Gaby and LuLu, you 2 picked up right where you left off at MotoGP and are part of the Lunch Crew as long as you want. About 1/3 of the workers were new and never worked a race before. Thank you to all who helped get them up to speed and trained them.
Now the sad news. It's official, NO MotoGP at Laguna Seca in 2014. Only 2 races in the states. COTA (Austin TX) and Indy. They signed a 3 year deal with WSBK, so I'm hoping they come back. I'm just waiting for them to release the schedule to see if we're on it.
Thanks again everyone. Be safe and hope to see you next year at WSBK.
I want to thank everyone who came out and supported the club for the MotoGP weekend. We passed all the FIM Track Inspections. It was a great job by all the Workers new and experienced to pull together and make it a successful weekend. Thank You to all the TM's and experienced workers who took new workers under their wing and showed them how it's done. I got lots of positive feedback from lots of new workers about how much they learned and how much they enjoyed working with you. Good job, that’s how we make our club stronger.
On another note, I want to thank all of you who were on a radio for your patience dealing with the issues we were up against all weekend. I voiced my concerns over the issues we had all the way to the top. They are working on a solution to the problem, because SCRAMP can't have another weekend with radio issues during a FIM / Dorna event, or they could lose the race(s). This is/was a very serious issue with SCRAMP and they were working on it all weekend. A big Thank You to Kenny, Scott, Rene, Shelley, Lawrence, Elena, Ryan and Alan for the late nights Friday (2:30AM) and Saturday (1:30AM) we had charging and checking all the radio's before we went to bed. It would never have happened without you.
Next up World Superbikes. If you applied for WSBK and worked MotoGP, you are working WSBK. It's automatic acceptance. If you signed for both and didn't make it MotoGP, drop me an e-mail and let me know you are going to show up at WSBK. I'll get around to contacting you, but it's better to contact me ASAP. I still need around 80 more workers for WSBK. If you know anyone interested, have them sign up. Disregard the deadline. I'm taking apps till I'm full. You'll get an e-mail confirmation and a mailed one like MotoGP. If you worked MotoGP , you'll only get the confirmation letter and anything new for WSBK. Most of the other things are the same for both groups, so hang on to your MotoGP packet.
Thanks again everyone. Let's get some rest and recharge the batteries because we're going to this again in less than 2 months.
Updated MotoGP Schedule (7-9-13): Click Here To Download/Print
We have been asked to staff 2 FIM World Championship rounds at Laguna Seca this year. We have MotoGP July 19, 20, 21 and World Superbikes September 27, 28, 29. They are only 2 months apart, so I made a "combo" application. You can sign up for either or both races on the application. World Superbikes will be staffed same as MotoGP. All positions filled at MotoGP will have to be filled at WSBK, so we need lots of support from all of you. We worked WSBK from 1995 to 2004, then Laguna went back to Grand Prix in 2005. This year we're doing both. Laguna Seca is the only U.S. WSBK round this year. Mark those dates on your calendar and fill out the Worker Application.
- Ted Kuwada
2013 MotoGP/WSBK Worker Application
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The 2012 USGP Photo Album has been updated. If you have pictures of the USGP weekend you would like included, please feel free to contact the webmaster to get them put in our 2012 MotoGP Album. Please get them in before the 25th of September.
Thank you to all of you who came out and supported our Club and worked the Race. The Inspections went well all 3 days. The Inspections are our biggest hurtle of the weekend. If we pass the daily Inspections, our weekend goes much smoother. We get no extra flack from FIM or Dorna in Race Control when Pass all 3 days. A big Thank You for that alone. When ever there was an incident on track, we performed very professionally to clear the track and clean up any mess (top of the hill). Laguna Seca and Race Control were very impressed. There were some problems to deal with and we're getting good feedback from those of you who worked the event. We're working on correcting some of the problems already.
Thank you to all the workers who travelled a long distance to get to Laguna, especially those who came from across the "Pond" from the UK. I hope you had a good time here in the States. On that note, Kate wanted to pass along a thanks to her crew at T8A. She said she had a wonderful time working with all of you. Good job guys making our Guests feel welcome. I told them they are welcome to come over and join us any time they want.
A special thanks to those who helped in the morning with sign in, radio's, headsets and flags and workers trans. Brad, Scott, Jody, April, Ryan, Steven, Alan, Lucas, Rick, Mike, Kenny and anyone I missed. Randy and Jim, Thanks for sign duty at the end of the weekend. I almost forgot someone very important, Thank you Elena. You did a killer job helping me this year. It would have been a major struggle without you.
I hope all of you had a good time and plan on coming back next year. We're going to do it again in about 49 weeks.
The 2012 MotoGP World Championship, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, is now completed.
The USARM Board would like to thank everyone for their hard work and patience on the MotoGP weekend for the long days. The extra time at the end of the day on Friday & Saturday was very unexpected and was added to our schedule, unbeknownst to us until we arrived at the track. It, among numerous other items will be discussed with SCRAMP.
Second, we would like to explain why there was an issue with dinner on Saturday night. When the dinner was being set out on the tables in PREPARATION for serving it, the meat was the first thing that was set out. Numerous individuals, reports range from 6 to 15 people suddenly grabbed plates, mounded them with meat and then walked off. It was reported that some had a huge plate of meat in each hand. Due to that there was a lot, 40+ workers, who did not get to eat. We're not just saying they didn't get any meat, we're saying they didn't get any dinner at all. Why? Because those that ate after the meat was taken, took more of the other items to make up for it and just to have something to eat. There were also many that had spoonful size servings because there wasn't much left and the food was being stretched. Instead of having a small bit of food left over, we were VERY short. The folks that come down and cook this great food for us were very upset. They knew they were suddenly going to run out of meat when there was plenty there to start with.
We hope the individuals involved are damn proud of their rude, selfish actions. We also hope that whomever you are, please don't sign up to come back next year if that's how you are going to act. USARM is a team that is, in many ways, like a family. Behavior like this is despicable and won't be tolerated. If anyone knows who did this, please contact the USARM Board and let us know.
Those that worked this years MotoGP event will soon get an email with a link for a form to give you the opportunity to give your feedback. That should be ready by the weekend, at the very latest. Take care everyone and thanks again for making it a successful weekend, we couldn't do it without you. There will be more to come about the MotoGP event after everyone has a chance to catch their breath from the event.
USARM would like to welcome our new and returning professional marshals for the 2012 race season. You will find membership applications in a couple different formats on the applications page. You can also join using the online application on our members website.
Our secure website for members only, is at https://www.usarm.net/. This website is for USARM members to be able to renew their memberships and update their contact & medical information, etc. You can also pay for your membership via PayPal when you renew. You choose whether your email, phone numbers, mailing address is displayed or if all three can be displayed. Only registered and confirmed USARM members will be allowed in to the password protected areas of this website so you don't have to worry about just anyone being able to view your information. Your information is also available to the BoD, Committee chairpersons.
A couple of new pages have been added that deal with training and information. Some of the training articles that have been published in the Grid have been put on a separate page so that they are easier to find. A hand signals page has also been created. So all you veteran workers go review them and the folks that are new to this corner working gig can go study it so that you understand what someone is trying to tell you at the track when they drop their hand by their side, point towards the ground and make a circular motion. This and many other hand signals can be found there. Please don't forget to review the USARM® manual to clarify any questions you might have about working at the track and to learn what to do so that we can do the professional job that's come to be expected from us.
We've added another item to our online cadre of tools to help make sure we all have the skills to do our job out on the corners. There are now proficiency tests that will check your knowledge about working corners at the race track. There is a standard version as well as a motorcycle version. The standard version deals with both car and motorcycle situations and incidents while the motorcycle test covers a more motorcycle specific base of things . . . . read more
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